Iraq-Syria rail link to begin operations in 2012
A railway connecting Syria and Iraq will begin operations next year, Kuwait’s news agency KUNA has reported.
In addition, a direct line connecting Syria’s eastern Deir Al-Zor-Al-Bukamal station to Iraq has been completed, the director general of the General Establishment of Syrian Railways, George Al-Maqabary, said.
“The rail link is a direct line that will guarantee smooth transport of commodities from Syria toward Iraq,” Maqabary said, adding that continuing work in building the Deir Al-Zor-Al-Bukamal station is a part of the project.
Iraq and Syria began the railway project to link both countries and transfer freight from southern Europe to the Gulf region.
The Iraq-Syria project came after confirmation over a Jordanian plan to resurrect a $6 billion railway project linking the port hub of Aqaba in Jordan to Syria, via Amman and Zarqa, including links to Saudi Arabia.
In May 2011 Iraq and Jordan also signed a preliminary agreement to build a railway connecting Baghdad and Aqaba in an aim to strengthen commercial ties.
The railway is expected to be 150 kilometers long, and the trains will travel at speeds of as much as 140 kilometers per hour.